Belgrade in Serbia isn’t a particularly well-known or highly visited city so what are the things to do in Belgrade Serbia?
I booked a weekend trip here with my friend after finding £40.00 return flights from London and whilst Belgrade wasn’t my favourite city or trip, I did enjoy wandering around and taking in the architecture and the history.
So in this travel blog, I’m going to give you the top things to do in Belgrade, places to visit and tourist attractions in Belgrade to keep you busy, whether it’s for one day in Belgrade or a weekend like I had!
Things To Do in Belgrade Serbia
Let’s first touch on..
Is Belgrade Worth Visiting?
Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, brims with historic sites and a bustling nightlife, offering a diverse array of activities.
It’s not the most popular capital city in Europe for a reason however as part of an Eastern Europe trip or for people looking for a cheap European city break it is a good city to visit.
If you want another opinion of Belgrade, have a look at this post: Is Belgrade Worth Visiting?
You’ll see Skadarlija as one of the top places to visit in Belgrade and that’s because it’s the bohemian quarter of the city and a little different to everywhere else in Belgrade. The main street is very pretty with a fair few restaurants lining it and it has a nice cobbled street.
The restaurants are ‘tourist’ restaurants which show in the prices, although they are still very cheap! We went for lunch down here and also returned back one evening for a beer and to listen to some local music which was really nice. It reminded me a bit of Tbilisi in Georgia actually.
2. Belgrade Fortress
Belgrade Fortress is one of the top things to do in Belgrade, Serbia for everyone.
The fortress is located on the more modern side of the city. It’s a nice place to visit although quite random too. It’s a big area and from the top, you can see where the River Danube and River Sava combine and go their separate ways.
The fortress is home to lots of ruins as you would expect, plus Belgrade’s Gallery of Natural History Museum, a Military Museum, a Torture Museum and an Amusement Park.
It’s home to a citadel and a beautiful gem of a church called Saint Petka. If there is one thing you do in the Fortress I would say it has to visit Saint Petka, this is one of the top things to see in Belgrade along with the buildings surrounding it as it’s simply stunning! See the pictures below!
3. Church of Saint Sava
I would say that this is the best place to visit in Belgrade because honestly, what an icon it is! You have to visit the Church of Saint Sava when you’re in Belgrade!
On a map, it looks quite far from the city centre and it is a bit of a walk but it isn’t that far so you can easily add it to your list of things to do in Belgrade and I would suggest walking to the church as it’s interesting to see parts of the city outside of the centre area.
The Church of Saint Sava is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and apparently, it ranks among the largest church buildings in the world! It’s really impressive from the outside but you need to make sure you go inside too.
4. Church of St. Mark’s
I walked past the Church of St Mark’s on the way to the Church of Saint Sava, decided to pop in and was totally surprised!
It’s another very colourful church on the inside so if you’re passing by I would recommend heading into the Church of St Mark’s in Belgrade and adding this to your list of things to do in Belgrade, Serbia.
5. The Bombed Buildings of the City
There are a number of buildings in Belgrade that are still how they were after they were bombed in the 1990s. These buildings are marked on maps of the city. I found out that the government has decided to keep them in the state that they are as a reminder of the past.
6. The Museum of Yugoslav History
We had to get a taxi here as the museum is located in the Dedinje district which is quite out of the centre of the city but it was really easy to catch a taxi from both sides, plus it was nice to drive out of the centre to see more of the city.
I would definitely recommend going here and adding this to your things to do in Belgrade if you enjoy history and are interested in Yugoslavia.
The museum is essentially about Tito– the dictatorial Communist leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, from 1945 until his death in 1980. Tito is one of the most significant personalities of the time.
The museum says that ‘Fateful Yugonostalgics and those who are not, visit the Museum of Yugoslav History with a single wish to revive the story about the country that doesn’t exist anymore.’ Tito’s grave is also on the site of the museum.
These tours of Yugoslav will take you back in history- Book yours now!
7. Kalenic Market
For an extremely local experience head to Kalenic Market. It’s Belgrade’s biggest open-air market selling all types of fresh produce. If you’re visiting in the Summer this would be a perfect place to visit to pick up some bits for a picnic. It’s also great if you want to take some jarred local food home.
Or like it was for us, it’s interesting to walk around and purely observe local life.
8. Day Trip to Novi Sad
Novi Sad, situated on the Danube River in northern Serbia, is renowned for its historic charm and well-preserved architecture. This is one of the top day trips from Belgrade and things to add to your Serbia itinerary. Looking back, we should have dedicated a full day to exploring Belgrade or taken a day trip to Novi Sad during our stay.
The fortress there is a standout feature, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, showcasing the city’s rich history. Many have described Novi Sad as a city frozen in time, with its beautiful buildings and timeless allure. Although we didn’t get to visit, I’ve heard enough to say it’s worth the trip, and it’s on my list for the next time I find myself in Serbia.
So if you’re planning a trip to Belgrade, it might be worth considering an extra day to venture out and experience the enchanting city of Novi Sad.
To pre-book a trip to Novi Sad and visit some other nearby areas, check out these great tours there from Belgrade!
9. Drinks by the River
If you find yourself in Belgrade during the summer, or even in the transition periods of late spring or early autumn, heading down to the river’s edge for drinks is an excellent choice. I didn’t have the chance to experience this myself, but it’s definitely on my list for next time.
The riverside bars in Belgrade come alive during these warmer months, offering a unique and lively atmosphere. You can soak in the stunning views, enjoy the fresh air, and indulge in a variety of drinks as you mingle with locals and other travellers alike.
It’s a great way to get a taste of Belgrade’s vibrant social scene while enjoying the natural beauty of the river. Plus, the area has a range of bars to choose from, ensuring there’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a laid-back spot to unwind or a lively venue to dance the night away. So, for one of the best things to do in Belgrade, make sure to check out the riverside bars and enjoy the city’s energy and charm.
10. Check out the Nightlife
I didn’t experience any of the bars and nightlife in Belgrade but every blog post I read before going suggested checking out the bars and raved about the nightlife in Belgrade so it must be good!
From cosy bars and lively pubs to high-energy clubs, Belgrade has it all. It’s a great way to experience the local culture and meet new people. For those travelling alone and looking to dive into the nightlife while making some friends along the way, there are tours specifically designed for that purpose.
These tours are a fantastic opportunity to explore the best bars and clubs in the city, with a fun group and a knowledgeable guide to lead the way. So, even if you’re on your own, you can still fully enjoy the exciting Belgrade nightlife and have an amazing time out in the city!
Book one of these tours to enjoy the nightlife of Belgrade
11. Botanical Gardens
The Jevremovac Botanical Garden in Belgrade is one of the lovely places to visit in Belgrade, right in the middle of the city.
The garden is full of different kinds of plants – from those that live in water to trees and flowers. They even have a special greenhouse for plants that come from hot places like jungles. The University of Belgrade looks after the garden, and they use it to teach people about plants and nature. They have tours that anyone can join.
The garden has been around since the late 1800s and it’s named after a man named Jevrem Obrenović who gave the land for it. Besides all the plants, they sometimes have art shows and events there too. It’s a nice and quiet place, perfect if you want to take a break, read a book, or just enjoy being outside so be sure to add it to your things to do in Belgrade.
12. Take in the Architecture
Belgrade is a treasure trove of unique and interesting buildings, with a notable influence from Soviet times that adds a fascinating layer to the city’s architectural landscape. Here’s a bit more about some of the standout structures you might come across:
The National Assembly Building: This grand building is a prime example of neoclassical architecture with its impressive facade and large dome. It dates back to the early 20th century and is a significant landmark in Belgrade.
Genex Tower: Also known as the Western City Gate, this skyscraper represents the brutalist architectural style that was popular during the Yugoslav period. Its two towers connected by a bridge and a revolving restaurant at the top make it a unique sight.
St. Sava Temple: Although not from the Soviet era, this is one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world and a masterpiece of modern Serbian architecture. Its grand size and intricate details are truly breathtaking.
The Old Palace: Now home to the City Assembly of Belgrade, this palace is a beautiful example of academic art. Built-in the late 19th century, it stands as a testament to the city’s royal past.
As you explore Belgrade, take the time to notice the diversity in building styles and the stories they tell about the city’s history and culture. Don’t rush; look up and around, and you’ll discover the architectural gems that make Belgrade unique.
Places to Eat in Belgrade
Whether you’re into trying out local Serbian dishes or craving some international flavours, Belgrade has got you covered. From cosy cafes and food stalls to fancy restaurants, there’s a place for every mood and preference.
Here are two of those restaurants which come highly recommended by me and I highly suggest adding to your list of things to do in Belgrade!
13. Walter Sarajevski Ćevap
I got recommended to eat at Walter Sarajevski Ćevap whilst in Belgrade and I really recommend the restaurant to you too!
The dishes are really local (although not great for vegetarians!) and it was a nice atmosphere. Above all it was really reasonable in price.
We randomly found Smokvica cafe on the way back from the Church of Saint Sava and it was a good find!
It’s good for lunch or brunch and looks like the ‘in’ place for brunch for the younger generation. It’s cosy and modern and offers a great selection of food. I went for the Shakshuka which was delicious!